Friday, April 24, 2015

Kind Koala Birthday Wishes

Cute children's birthday card with Stampin' Up! Kind Koala stamp

Need a birthday card for a little one? How about this little birthday koala. Normally he likes to say "thinking of you", but I altered him just a little so he could wish one of my cutie-patootie nieces a happy birthday.

It's really easy to omit part of a stamp. One common way is to use markers to ink the stamp in the desired area(s) only.

But what if you can't use markers? You might need to use StazOn or the Tuxedo Black Memento Pad to ink the image. What then?

Washi tape to the rescue!

I simply applied washi tape over the areas I did not want to ink. Once the remainder of the stamp was inked and ready for stamping, I carefully pulled off the washi tape and stamped the image onto cardstock. Ta daa!

Stamped image after omitting part of the original and adding a custom greeting.

To allow room for my altered greeting, the image was actually stamped twice using the same method both times. The entire top portion of the image was omitted when I stamped it the first time. I then covered the majority of the lower image and stamped again lining up the flower stem. A stamp-a-ma-jig is a life saver for lining up images!

The top portion of the stamp was finally stamped a third time, colored, cut by hand and adhered using a Stampin' Dimensional.

To create the birthday greeting, I used the Itty Bitty Banners Bundle (stamp set + framelits dies) and again omitted the left edge of the stamp. Once my banner was die-cut, I slightly curled the edge of the banner to appear "wrapped" around the flower stem.

Create custom words, letters and numbers using Stampin' Up! Simply Pressed Clay and Alphanumeric Mold.

Next, I had to come up with a way to say TO YOU, since the stamp image only says YOU at the bottom.

It was the perfect opportunity to use the new Alphanumeric Mold with the Simply Pressed Clay. I created the number two using the mold and clay and then after the clay dried I colored it using a marker.

Although it doesn't show well in the photos, the two circles of Glimmer Paper are colored green for an added pop of color.

Disclosure: I created this card several months ago and used Blendabilities markers which are no longer available. The same look can be achieved using Blender Pens or an Aqua Painter. You can also use Stampin' Write Markers to color images.

Many items used on this kid-friendly birthday card are about to retire:

  • Itty Bitty Banners stamp set
  • Itty Bitty Banners Bundle (the Bitty Banners Framelits are not retiring)
  • Large Scallop Edgelits Die
  • Scallop Edge Border Punch
  • Birthday Bash Specialty Designer Series Paper
  • Simply Pressed Clay
  • Alphanumeric Mold
  • Basic Gray Baker's Twine

See other retiring Stampin' Up! stamps and accessories here. Get up to 50% off the original price on many retiring products while supplies last.

Happy Friday!

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